Debi Meeds awarded Presidential Award for Excellence Mission Fulfilment

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

Debi Meeds Regional CEO

Awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mission Fulfillment

American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Region, 10/28/2011-

Debi Meeds serves as the CEO of the Greater Ozark Region, covering the
entire southern part of the state of Missouri. Whether helping victims
recover from disaster, providing critical safety skills training, or
tending to the needs of a military family, Debi assures the quality of
Red Cross services. She devotes special attention to the key role of the
Red Cross Executive as the face of the community and the convener of
local resources to prepare for disasters and promote community
resilience.

She has long been an advocate of the value of volunteers as full
participants in our work. She includes volunteers in every facet of the
region's operations, and ensures they are given ownership of their
chosen areas of interest — empowering to make decisions and take
responsibility for performing the mission.

When the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, all of Debi's
preparation activities in the community, her work with volunteers, and
the position she held as “convener of community resources” contributed
to the superb Red Cross response. Debi was the face of the Red Cross in
the Joplin Community…the one who had urged them the be prepared; the
one who they looked toward to lead the Red Cross response; and the one
they all knew would be there to assist them in the recovery from the
devastation that ensued. When it was obvious that the Joplin disaster
would require a long-term recovery plan, Debi was asked by community
leaders to chair the community long-term recovery committee. Debi also
serves on a state commission appointed by the Governor, and maintains
strong state & local government relationships. Debi truly embodies the
community involvement we seek in all our Chapter Executives…the Red
Cross person in the community who urges you to be prepared, who leads
the response, and who is there when “everybody else goes home” to help
lead the recovery. Thank you Debi for your leadership, you are an
example to all of us.

For additional details regarding the award, or to coordinate a statement
from Debi Meeds, please contact Nigel Holderby.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

-End-

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

October is Fire Prevention Month

The American Red Cross is encouraging people

to remember two key fire safety tips:

installing smoke alarms and developing a fire escape plan.

For more information go to:www.redcross.org

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One response to “Debi Meeds awarded Presidential Award for Excellence Mission Fulfilment

  1. Congratulations Debi! I love the Springfield and Greater Ozarks Regional Amerian Red Cross group. I learned a lot about all the wonderful volunteers and efforts you and your team does for our community. This is definely a well deserved honor!

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